Posted: May 11, 2016
Nick 13 and psychobilly punk rockers Tiger Army are pushing genre boundaries with their new album V •••–, drawing from a range of influences that include Buddy Holly, the Ramones and a little bit of everything in between. Their first single “I Am the Moth” captures the many sounds the band has experimented with and sets the tone for what fans can expect on the new effort.
It’s easy to hear the trio’s retro rock inspirations from the first few chords. The main guitar riff is reminiscent of a Western movie, while the dramatic chorus features a theremin that cuts through the song like a haunting ‘60s horror flick. Nick 13’s breathy voice adds the modern touch to update the classic sounding single.
Nick 13 recently told Consequence of Sound that the song represents his “lifelong love of the night, the idea that perhaps some of us are predisposed to this biologically.” He added, “It also has to do with co-option of imagery and attitudes by people who claim to represent a lifestyle that they don’t live.”
V •••– will be available for download on May 20.
Preview the track below:
Posted: May 9, 2016
In its May issue, UK’s Guitarist magazine reviews a few of the new Gretsch Players Edition and Vintage Select Edition models, bestowing the Guitarist Choice awards on both the Vintage Select G6120T- ’55 Chet Atkins and G6118T Players Edition Anniversary with String-Thru Bigsby®.
“Workingman’s Gretsch with great upgrades, not least the locking tuners and String-Thru Bigsby,” notes the mag of the Anniversary model.
As for the Vintage Select G6120T-55GE, the mag noted that it’s a “classic guitar with high build quality, great playability and huge ‘twang’ factor.”
The final verdict?
“Beautifully made and with some lovely period-correct details mixed with more modern concessions, there’s little we don’t like here. Choosing your fit, however, may be a more difficult decision. The White Falcon is a serious investment, although its sturdier build and longer scale (not to mention those Filter’Trons) give it perhaps the most versatile sonic palette. Considerably lower in cost, our two Players Edition models are close cousins and either would be perfect for those for rockier, less ‘Gretsch-style’ outings, the new string-thru Bigsby alone will cure what most of us find a chore: restringing.
“That just leaves the Chet Atkins G6120T-55 hollow body, which with its lighter build and those DynaSonic-style single coils, really gets to the essence of the ‘Gretsch sound.’ If you haven’t played a Gretsch for a while, you might be very surprised. These are some serious guitars.”
The mag also features an interview with rock ‘n’ roll rebel rouser and longtime Gretsch artist Darrell Higham, who was asked to weigh in on the newest Gretsch models in the review section.
“On a 6120, like the Chet Atkins Reissue we’ve got here, you want a nice dainty neck, because it’s a guitar you feel you should play quite fast on — and, actually, the 6120 is very versatile and you can use it for lots of different types of music. It’s not just great for rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll, especially with lighter gauge strings than the 0.011s that are on here.
“I think the updates they’ve made on the Players Edition guitars here are good,” he also noted. “If someone’s looking for a semi, but worries that Gretsches are too genre-specific, they should go for one of these, like this Tennessee Rose. It could be an indie guitar or jazz – there’s no reason you couldn’t do anything on a guitar like this. I really like this one – it feels really solid and it could become your main warhorse. There’s nothing delicate about it, even the scratch plate feels welded on.”
Be sure to pick up the new issue, and also check out the video demo below.
Posted: May 6, 2016
Tegan and Sara’s new album Love You to Death will drop June 3, and the twin sisters have been trickling out morsels over the last few months. First a teaser for lead single “Boyfriend,” then the full song plus a music video, another single in “U-Turn” and now a third sampling with a music video for “100x.”
The lyrics alone will pull at your heartstrings, but Tegan and Sara took that a step further with the video by starring a few scene-stealing puppies, courtesy of renowned dog groomer Jess Rona.
“I met Jess Rona at a Mafia party in LA and we hit it off immediately,” Sara Quin revealed. “An actor, musician and dog groomer, ‘JessRonaGrooming’ became my favorite Instagram account. I constantly direct people to her beautiful, heartbreaking mini-music videos of her furry clients, because they’re an endless delight. It was a true honor to have her do a long form version for our song 100x.”
Check out the clip below, which debuted today via Noisey.
Posted: May 2, 2016
Just as the sun began to set on Stagecoach, legendary rock band the Doobie Brothers took the Palomino stage for an hour long performance. Storms had threatened the area just prior to their set and as the techs taped down set lists and fine-tuned guitars, a small rainbow appeared between the mountains, almost as if it was a sign of the magic about to happen.
For nearly 50 years, the Doobie Brothers have entertained the masses with some of America’s greatest songs, and tonight they proved they are as magnificent as ever.
As an act that has transcended generations, eager fans of all ages flocked to the far tent to catch the iconic group’s performance, kicked off with the classic “Jesus Is Just Alright,” a power ballad riddled with guitar and keyboard solos.
Other notable hits and highlights included “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’” and “Black Water.” They ended their epic set with “China Grove” and “Listen to the Music,” leaving attendees awestruck with the surreal experience of witnessing this legendary band live.
Little Big Town Left ‘Em Wanting More
Little Big Town hit the Stagecoach Mane Stage at 7:45 p.m., right before festival headliner and current touring mate Luke Bryan.
The foursome somberly emerged on the edge of the stage where they were swathed in purple lighting, and sang a capella a quick snippet of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” Members Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet have truly mastered harmonizing their voices, and this a capella moment set the tone for the powerhouse vocals and seamless harmonies displayed throughout the set.
There was just a brief moment of silence following the intro, and then the quartet fired up their first full song in the sassy “Little White Church.” Fairchild immediately directed the crowd to put their hands together for the upbeat, sing-along track, which appeared on 2010′s The Reason Why.
The group wasted no time jumping from there to their smash hit “Pontoon,” which got the sea of fans grooving and raising their beer cups high in the air.
The bandmates all took turns taking lead on vocals throughout the set. Schlapman sang “Sober,” Sweet took “Front Porch Thing” and Fairchild delivered their Grammy-award winning hit “Girl Crush,” which launched the band into super stardom last year. The crowd had definitely been waiting for that big moment, and its refrain echoed across the field as tens of thousands of voices eagerly chimed in.
And as hugely popular as “Girl Crush” is, it seemed Little Big Town had a more upbeat finish in mind. The group ended their show-stealing set with the Westbrook-led “Boondocks,” leaving a predominantly drunken field of fans clamoring for more.
Luke Bryan Closes out the Bash
LBT had noted during their set that they were warming up the crowd for the biggest “hip shaking” guy in the business.
They obviously know him well.
Luke Bryan gyrated and shimmied across the stage, delivering his interesting brand of country, which incorporates elements of hip-hop, hard rock R&B and vintage pop country. Not to mention, plenty of hits — 11 of his last 13 singles have hit No. 1, and he played “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Kick the Dust Up” and “Crash My Party” early in the set.
He also came out promising the Stagecoach crowd he was going to play as long as he wanted Sunday night. God bless him, because when he performed “Drunk On You,” crooning, “Girl, you make my speakers go boom boom …” Well, we boom boom boomed right on outta there! Even as we reached the far, far, far away parking lots, he was in fact, still going strong.
Posted: May 2, 2016
It seemed like folks were dragging a bit early Sunday afternoon at the Indio, California Empire Polo grounds for the final day of Stagecoach, but that wasn’t slowing down any of the artists.
A handful of ladies just so happened to be slotted in the earliest set times, and they were a delight.
Such as singer/violinist/guitarist Amanda Shires, who has worked frequently with her husband, the critically-acclaimed Americana artist Jason Isbell. She’s got amazing talent in her own right, showcasing a terrific voice and her fiddle chops during “Look Like a Bird.”
Meanwhile, over on the Mane stage, Nashville based artist Lucie Silvas was enjoying her first-ever American festival, saying that it was “a wee bit overwhelming actually.”
Born in the U.K. and raised in New Zealand by her Kiwi dad and Scottish mother, Silvas has an interesting background. She grew up listening to the likes of Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, James Taylor and Roberta Flack and started writing songs at age 10. She got her first real taste of the music industry when she went out on the road at 17 as a backing singer for British singer/songwriter Judie Tzuke and hasn’t looked back.
Alternating between mandolin, percussion or keys, Silvas entertained the crowd with highlight tracks such as “Unbreakable Us,” “Smoke (Somebody Stop Me)” and a song she wrote just a few weeks ago called “When It Comes Down To It.”
Iowa folk roots troubadour William Elliot Whitmore held court at the Mustang stage during the 3 o’clock hour, with just his banjo, acoustic guitar and snare drum. Whitmore joked that he drove all the way from Lee County, Iowa, for 3 ½ beers, and then launched into a humorous tune about the town drunk called “Old Bill Jones.”
It was an endearing set showcasing his extensive catalog or originals, as well as a cover of the beloved country song “You Don’t Have To Call Me Darlin’.”
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